Core Seminar: Write to Change the World
Our day-long core seminar is designed to test assumptions about our own knowledge, and what it takes to be influential on a large scale. Our approach is playful, dynamic and results-oriented—games, high stakes scenarios, and live group thought experiments challenge you to think more expansively about what you know, why it matters, and how to use it. We explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; and how to think bigger about what you know—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results (op-ed drafts and more), and follow-up access to our national network of high-level Mentor-Editors.
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Who should attend?
This program is open to everyone, across color, creed, class and gender. However, we target underrepresented voices, including women, with knowledge and experience that should be heard. It is equally suitable for those with or without publishing experience. If you'd like to bring The OpEd Project to your university, nonprofit, conference, community organization or company, contact us.
Our Scholarship Policy
We are committed to making The OpEd Project programs affordable for any underrepresented person who is dedicated to changing the world with their voice. To that end, we provide full and partial scholarships for up to 40% of participants in any seminar. Our scholarship policy follows a social justice model in which those who can afford to pay help support those who cannot. For more information and to apply for a scholarship, click here.
Our Cancellation Policy
Fifty percent of the tuition is refundable if a cancellation is made at least 30 days prior to the seminar date. After 30 days, it is nonrefundable.
Should you need to reschedule, you may apply your tuition to a future seminar within the calendar year at no additional charge so long as you contact us more than five business days prior to the seminar date. Alternatively you may "pay it forward" and send another person to the session for which you registered. If you choose to do this, we will grant a $50 credit toward your tuition for the future session. With 5 days notice or less there is a $100 rescheduling fee, as we cap our sessions at 20 and will be effectively holding an empty seat for you.
If you do not show up for a session for which you have registered, and have not given us advance notice, we cannot transfer your registration.